The "Flower Man" Needs Ike Help

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Cleveland Turner, the famous

"Flower Man"

who brings a bit of folk-art sunshine to the Third Ward, got hit by Ike and is looking for help.

The Orange Show has sent out an SOS and is urging people to show up at Turner's home Saturday to help get things back to normal.

"Some of the tasks include: staking up the fences, removing a large dead tree, fixing the leaking roof, repairing the front room ceiling and clearing debris from the yard," they say.

The Orange Show will provide materials for general clean-up and restoration but please bring tools and work gloves, if you have them. In particular, we need pruning shears, at least one chain saw and a shop vac. If you have any additional tools that may be helpful please let us know. We will also have plenty of cold drinks and water available.

The Orange Show itself, and the Beer Can House, came out OK from Ike, by the way.

The Flower Man's house is at 2305 Francis St., two blocks south of the intersection of Dowling and Alabama. Show up anytime from 10 am to 5 pm Saturday.

-- Richard Connelly

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